Cathy J. Pace is President and Chief Executive Officer of Allegacy Federal Credit Union, one of the largest credit unions in North Carolina, with nearly 700 member companies including the two largest medical organizations in the Southeast and three nationally prominent law firms.
In her 30 plus year tenure at Allegacy, Cathy has held numerous positions of increasing responsibility and has led some of the Credit Unions most successful initiatives including the company’s name change in 2001, a brand audit study, and a nationally renowned and recognized holistic wellness program. Over the past three decades, she has played a critical role in Allegacy’s growth from 17,000 members and nearly $50 million in assets in 1978 to 136,000 members and $1.2 billion in assets today. In addition, during her tenure at Allegacy the Wealth Management program has grown to include over $1 billion in assets under management.
Cathy was named “Marketer of the Year” by the Credit Union Executives Society, “Woman of the Year” by YMCA of Forsyth County and in 2012 she was a Women in Business honoree by the Business Journal. Cathy has also been named one of the Triad’s Top 40 Most Influential People in 2014 and 2015, and most recently selected as a 2016 recipient of the YWCA Women of Vision Community Catalyst award as well as “One of the Triad’s Most Admired CEO’s”. Cathy currently serves as the chairperson of the regional advisory group for Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center’s (WFBMC) Comprehensive Cancer Center, and as a board member of WFBMC’s Board of Visitors. She is a board member and vice chair for Hospice Palliative Care of Winston-Salem, board member of Co-operative Payroll Solutions, the Winston-Salem Chamber of Commerce, and board member of Wake Forest University Business School. She is a Board Member for PSCU and serves as 2017-2018 chair for the Advisory Committee for the CUNA CEO Roundtable. She previously served as an advisory board member for the Sara Lee Center for Women’s Health, Cancer Services Inc. and N.C. Triad Affiliate for Susan G. Komen.
Cathy attended Salem College and is a graduate of Leadership Winston Salem flagship and INSIGHT programs. She is also a graduate of the Credit Union Executive Marketing Institute and Dale Carnegie Institute.